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Gallatin Valley Food Bank Volunteer Stands Out

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More than 100 volunteers help out at the Gallatin Valley Food Bank every week. But during its busiest time of year, the holiday season, it depends on even more.

ABC FOX MONTANA spoke with one lady who has helped Montanans put food on the table for nearly two decades.

Donna West has volunteered at the Gallatin Valley Food Bank for 19 years, "I came in, made a donation, I asked if I could volunteer." She volunteers about 40 hours every week.

"I forget sometimes I come to work, but I really come to volunteer, in my mind I think 'oh I'm going to work', but it's not. It's just a volunteer job."

She does everything from unloading trucks, to stocking shelves, to interviewing clients.

According to Jill Holder of the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, Donna is vital to their success, "I don't know what we would do without Donna. She works so hard, she works three days a week. She's kind of the back bone in some ways for new volunteers, she helps train them, for staff she rejuvenates us when she sees that we get tired."

Donna says she volunteers because she knows what it feels like to struggle to put food on the table, "I came from a poor family then I ended up having a really good life. I had a great career so I get to come here and I get to give it all back."

Holder says she is the face of the food bank, "She's somebody that they recognize and they trust and she's an awesome advocate for so many people. She has the biggest heart, sometimes she comes off a little gruff, but all the clients love her."

She says it's an honor to volunteer at such a wonderful place during the holiday season, "Proud, proud of everyone that works here, our volunteers, I mean this is a fantastic place."

Holder says Donna has been volunteering longer at the food bank than all of their staff combined.

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